How to Make Heat Pumps More Efficient in Cold Temperatures

Without adequate care and maintenance, heat pumps may not effectively keep you warm during winter, leading to higher electric bills and costing lots of money to repair. Preventative maintenance is required to avoid these problems. Fortunately, homeowners can perform minor maintenance on their own with the right equipment. However, it is important to contact HVAC companies to handle larger, more technical issues.

Air Filter

To ensure your heat pumps perform optimally during winter, replace their air filters. With time, dirty filters can reduce the efficiency of your heating system and cause damage to the entire unit altogether. Make sure your system is fitted with the correct size air filter. The size of the filter is usually printed on its rim. Make sure you change the filter at least once every three months.

Programmable Thermostat

This device will enable you to adjust your system’s use according to your schedule. This will not only help you save money, but it will also help your heating system run more efficiently. There are many models available on the market, so make sure you choose the one that fits your scheduling needs.

Air Ducts

Many homes lose substantial amounts of warm air due to leaks. It is important to seal all air ducts in your garage, basement, and attic, and check your registers to ensure they are properly installed. In addition, call a qualified HVAC technician to service your home heating and cooling system. The best time to undertake HVAC maintenance is during fall before it becomes too cold and when the technicians are not too busy. The HVAC technician should perform a more thorough evaluation of your system to ensure that it is working efficiently.

Install the Right Size

When installing new heat pumps, it is important to ensure that you choose the most appropriate size. Bigger heating systems may not be the most appropriate for your needs. A bigger heating system may turn itself on and off frequently, making it less efficient and potentially damaging its components as it runs for longer periodic cycles. Installing the right size heating system will provide adequate amounts of humidity and comfort compared to an oversized heat pump.

Increasing Air Flow

Make sure your home’s air duct system has a return register and supply register installed in each room. Many homes are not energy efficient because they have only one return register, which means that air from other areas will take more time to return to the register for reheating or cooling.

Obstructions in the heating and cooling system may cause problems in air circulation such as pressurizing or depressurizing certain areas of the house, causing low energy efficiency and high leakage in air ducts. You can improve your home’s energy efficiency by installing louvered grilles in doors, walls, and ducts to improve ventilation. Other ways of improving airflow include boosting fan speeds, cleaning the coils of your heating system, and clearing the return ducts.

Incorrect installation and problems with air ducts may cause problems and inefficiencies in heat pumps. More than half of all HVAC systems have problems such as poor airflow and leaking air ducts that significantly lower a home’s energy efficiency, especially during winter. It is important to install the correct HVAC system in your home to ensure energy efficiency.